The combination of panels and workshop discussions was particularly helpful in expanding understanding of transactive energy and the technical issues and current and future business opportunities it presents.
Biography of Terry Oliver
Since 2005, Terry has led the management of BPA’s $17 million annual direct investment in research, development, and demonstration, which represents approximately $60 million annually in leveraged R&D investments, and an investment nearly 5 times the average US utility. Under his leadership, BPA’s Technology Innovation program has enabled breakthroughs and operational improvements in nearly every area of the agency’s core businesses — marketing wholesale hydropower, operating more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines, advancing energy efficiency and integrating renewable resources. Recent successes include the use of synchrophasors for wide-area control, helical connector shunt innovation and the exploration of end-use-to-generation smart grid integration.
He serves as a member the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, and of the Smart Grid Policy Center. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management and the Advisory Council of the Engineering and Technology Management Department in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University. In addition he is a member of Southern California Edison’s technical advisory board, Carnegie Mellon University Electricity Industry Center advisory board, Oregon Institute of Technology Renewable Energy Engineering Program industry advisory committee, and the technical review panel for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Wind Program.
Notably, he’s championed a disciplined research management approach, including benchmarking, technology roadmapping, and effective portfolio management, which has led to an unprecedented level of success for BPA’s R&D program.
Terry was recently honored as a Fellow with the Portland International Center for the Management of Engineering and Technology, and with BPA's Administrator's Meritorious Service Award, the agency’s highest award.